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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Wheel Weaves As The Wheel Wills...

Or so they say...

Anyways, the title of this post is a quote that is said quite frequently throughout the book i just finished around a week ago. Yes, that is right, i have successfully finished Eye of the World- Book 1 of the legendary Wheel of Time Series. Now, i make it sound like a big deal...but i still have 10 more books to go (not including the as of yet unfinished 12th book). Thats only 832 pages out of 9685. 305,902 words out of 3,430,682 (all according to the hardcover editions, numbers provided by Wikipedia AKA internet crack :-p). So you can see how this one little tiny accomplishment isn't exactly exciting me the way it would if it was a single standing book.

Ok, on to the review...

The Eye of the World follows the journey of Rand Al'Thor and company on their Journey to defeat "the Dark One." When monstrosities known as "Trollocs" (kind of a cross-breeding of humans and various animals gone horribly wrong) attak Rand's peaceful farming village of Emond's Field in the Two Rivers, a mysterious woman known as Morian Sedai, one of the Aes Sedai (basically magic wielding folk) and her companion, a "Warder" ( a kind of warrior) known as Lan take action and take Rand and his two friends Mat and Perrin away from the village, because it was the three boys the monsters were after.

The Story follows them as they travel northward, first towards Tar Valon, home of the Aes Sedai, and then, after hearing of a dangerous threat to the mysterious Eye of the World, a detour is taken to get there in time to stop whatever evil is after it.

Overall, it is a very enjoyable fantasy novel. That is, of course, if fantasy is your thing. The only complaint i have is right around the middle of the book, when the characters seperate into groups (not gonna spoil why or how here) the story seems to slow a bit, but only a bit, before picking right back up again. The characters are memorable, and i found myself becoming connected to the characters within only seconds of being introduced to them. They each have their own specific personalities and they never seem to stray to far from them.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 5

Why 4? Well, it's the first in the series, and if it wasn't for that, it'd get an instant 5. Robert Jordan knew what he was doing right away with this series, let's all pray A Memory of Light comes out just as great as the rest, all eyes are on you Mr. Sanderson!

All for now,

P.S.- I currently am working on an original acoustic song. I have it all except a bridge written both musically and lyrically. I'll post the lyrics up here when finished and a video of the song on From the Backseat's Youtube as soon as i have one recorded.

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